Dr Oz: Weird Reasons You Are Tired
You’re tired, exhausted, and have zero energy. On today’s show, Doctor Oz showed you that your fatigue may not be due to stress or lack of sleep. Your exhaustion may be due to other bizarre reasons. Plus, Doctor Oz shared a handful of Exhaustion Remedies including Nopal Cactus Supplements.
Fatigue is the most common symptom your doctor hears.
In fact, it’s the #1 complaint Dr Oz gets. The cause of your fatigue may be something weird and unusual and you may not even realize it.
Karen, an audience member, told Dr Oz that she recently started feeling tired. She woke up one morning and couldn’t get out of bed. She blamed it on the family and the dog (and the kitchen sink!)
Dr Oz: H-Pylori Makes You Tired
This bad bacteria contained in your stomach may be the reason you’re feeling tired. Dr Oz says most people don’t have any symptoms at all. H-Pylori is a bacteria contained in the gut and can cause anemia and ulcers. In fact, Doctor Oz did another segment on how H Pylori Causes Stomach Ulcers. You may have a tough time getting to sleep due to acid stuck in the esophagus when you lay down. (Sidebar-you can get this bacteria from kissing, remember that!)
The inner layer of the stomach releases acid. The H-pylori bacteria seeps into the stomach and forms an ulcer. When this happens, there aren’t a lot of symptoms. When you sit up, acid stays in the stomach. When you sleep, it can get into the esophagus. Your doctor will check you for this bacteria with a simple breathing test. The treatment for H-pylori includes antibiotics.
Not Gargling Causes Fatigue
Tasha, an audience member, has 22-month-old who is a ball of energy. Her morning routine included waking up, getting the kid together, and then getting herself dressed. Dr Oz says that when you skip gargling in the morning, phlegm builds up in the back of throat. It sits back there and you don’t even notice it, but it can cause fatigue and here’s why:
The nose sucks air into the body and transfers it to the lungs. Phlegm can block that process and then you have to breathe through the mouth. Breathing through the mouth decreases efficiency of the lungs. Studies also show that mouth breathers have less oxygen in the blood. When you gargle, you wash out the phlegm so you can properly breathe through your nose.
Morning Coffee Makes You Tired
Tricia, an audience member, told Doctor Oz that she could barely keep her eyes open during the day. She was exhausted in the mornings and had to drag herself out of bed. Every morning, she drank 2 cups of coffee to wake up. If that didn’t work, she moved on to diet soda. (Hey, that sounds like me, sans the coffee and replace the diet soda with vodka!) The weird reason you may be feeling tired is due to excess of caffeine because it:
- Affects the way you metabolize
- Dehydrates you and sucks energy from you especially early in the day
Here’s the thing; you drink water in order to fill up your energy tank. You drink it all day (or at least you should.) When you go to sleep, you’re not drinking anymore, however, the body will still push out urine. (This is those 2-3 times when you have to get up in the middle of the night to pee. I hate that!) Because of this, you become dehydrated and wake up with less energy in the morning. Then, the first thing you grab in the morning are diuretics, like coffee. If you’re not replenishing the body with water alongside your cup of morning joe, within minutes, you start draining out your energy tank. You get dehydrated even more and feel more tired.
To remedy the situation, try drinking your morning cup of coffee with a full glass of water.
Tyramine-Rich Foods Make You Tired
Dr Oz Trivia: Another weird reason you’re feeling tired could be due to the food you eat. Aged cheese, processed or smoked meats, and fermented soy foods are full of Tyramine, which can also spike your blood pressure. You can read more about it here: Killer Combinations of Food & Medicine.